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Hazard and Event Risks 

  • South Korea reported hazardous levels of ultra-fine PM2.5 dust for five consecutive days last week.
  • In the UK, packages containing explosive devices were discovered last week at London City Airport, Heathrow Airport, and Waterloo station within three hours of one another. 
  • Freeze warnings were issued last week due to the report of an arctic blast that was moving across the U.S.

Operational and Physical Risks

  • Last month, the international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders, announced that two of its Ebola attention centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had to be temporarily closed.
  • Last week in Algeria, thousands of people continued to protest in the cities ofAlgiers, Constantine, Annaba, and Blida due to the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s announcement to run again in the presidential elections that will take place in April.
  • Customs officers in France began a strike last week to protest about the lack of preparation of the French government towards the Brexit. 

Technology and Information Risks

  • As disclosed late last month, users announced the finding of a vulnerability in Xfinity Mobile carrier, which is part of Comcast Holdings in the US.
  • FireEye researches released a report last week on the activities of a cybercriminal group identified as Advanced Persistent Threat 40. 
  • It was reported last week that almost 30 universities in the U.S., Canada, and SouthEast Asia – including The University of Hawaii, the University of Washington,Duke University, South Korea’s Sahmyook University, and the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology – were victims of a cyber espionage attack.

Market and Economic Risks

  • In Canada, the Treasury Board President, Jane Philpott resigned her post last week alluding to dissatisfaction due to the government’s response in the case involving SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. 
  • Huawei Technologies, a Chinese company, filed a lawsuit last week against the U.S.government for restricting its products based on supposed concerns surrounding national security.
  • The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development published a report last week which indicated that the world’s economy is struggling more than it was forecasted months ago.

February 3-11-2019

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